Lot 635. A copper-red-glazed stembowl, Yongzheng seal mark and period (1723-1735). Diameter 7 1/2 in., 19 cm. Estimate 20,000 — 30,000 USD. Lot Sold 40,000 USD. © Sotheby's.
with deep flared sides supported by a slightly splayed hollow stem encircled by a wide molded filet, the exterior glazed a rich warm red, the interior and base glazed white, the latter inscribed with a six-character seal mark in underglaze blue.
Provenance: Guy Mayer Gallery, New York (according to label).
Marchant, London, March 2007.
Literature: Karen Thomson, ed., The Blema and H. Arnold Steinberg Collection, Montreal, 2015, pl. 158.
Note: The Qing Court's reverence for tradition is evident in its refinement of early Ming palace ritual wares, as exemplified by the present stembowl. A similar example is illustrated in John Ayers, Chinese Porcelain: The S. C. Ko Tianminlou Collection, Hong Kong, 1987, pl. 126. Another was exhibited in Ch'ing Porcelain from the Wah Kwong Collection, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1973, cat. no. 4.
See a pair from the collection of E. T. Chow, sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 25th November 1980, lot 65. For similar stembowls sold in these rooms, see ones sold, 21st March 1980, lot 223; 4th December 1985, lot 269; and 18th September 1987, lot 441. Compare also examples sold in our London rooms; one, 13th December 1988, lot 229; a pair, 12th June 2003, lot 187; and a single stembowl, 9th November 2011, lot 99.